CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Celebrating its 30th season, Hockey East handed out its major postseason awards on Thursday night at the league's annual banquet at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
To the surprise of no one, Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau won the Hockey East Player of the Year. Other finalists were Maine's Devin Shore, Vermont's Chris McCarthy and Northeastern's Clay Witt.
Boston College head coach Jerry York was named the Bob Kullen Hockey East Coach of the Year, named for the former New Hampshire bench boss. Northeastern's Jim Madigan and Maine's Red Gendron were other finalists.
Vermont forward Mario Puskarich won the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. The other finalists were Northeastern forward Mike Szmatula and Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko.
Providence junior forward Ross Mauermann took home the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award while New Hampshire won the team sportsmanship award.
In somewhat of a surprise, Northeastern junior blue liner Josh Manson was named the Hockey East Best Defensive Forward.
Boston College senior forward Bill Arnold and Mauermann shared the award for Best Defensive Forward.
In statistical awards, Gaudreau won the scoring title and Demko won the goaltending award.
Hockey East First Team All-Star
Forward: Johnny Gaudreau, Jr., BC
Forward: Devin Shore, Soph., Maine
Forward: Kevin Hayes, Sr., BC
Defense: Ben Hutton, Soph., Maine
Defense: Michael Matheson, Soph., BC
Goalie: Connor Hellebuyck, Soph., UMass Lowell
Hockey East Second Team All-Star
Forward: Kevin Roy, Soph., Northeastern
Forward: Kevin Goumas, Sr., New Hampshire
Forward: Chris McCarthy, Sr., Vermont
Defense: Josh Manson, Jr., Northeastern
Defense: Eric Knodel, Sr., New Hampshire
Defense: Stephen Johns, Sr., Notre Dame
Goalie: Clay Witt, RS-Jr., Northeastern
Hockey East All-Rookie Team
Forward: Mario Puskarich, Vermont
Forward: Mike Szmatula, Northeastern
Forward: Robbie Baillargeon, Boston University
Forward: Vince Hinostroza, Notre Dame
Defense: Michael Kapla, UMass Lowell
Defense: Steve Santini, Boston College
Goalie: Thatcher Demko, Boston College